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Thanksgiving Weekend 2018 at the American Museum of Natural History

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Museum visitors gather around a holiday tree decorated with origami models. The theme of this year's tree is "Oceans of Origami" and features models inspired by the special exhibition Unseen Oceans.
R. Mickens/© AMNH

The Museum is only closed two days a year, and Thanksgiving is one of them. But we reopen on Friday, November 23, and there’s much to see and do. Here are a few recommendations for your long holiday weekend.

2018 Origami Holiday Tree

What better way to kick off the holiday season than by waving hello to the two twinkling barosaurus topiaries flanking the Museum’s Main Entrance, followed by a visit to The Origami Holiday Tree in the Grand Gallery—a tradition for more than 40 years. The tree’s theme this year is “Oceans of Origami,” and it features more than 800 hand-folded paper models—many of them inspired by the special exhibition Unseen Oceans, an exploration of the hidden worlds and the amazing marine life of the world’s oceans.

Hand-folded paper models on the AMNH Origami Holiday Tree.
See hand-folded paper models of angelfish, lionfish, anglers, sharks, whales, and more on the 2018 Origami Holiday Tree.
R. Mickens/© AMNH

Backyard Wilderness

The current giant-screen film in the LeFrak Theater takes you to the fascinating realm of Backyard Wilderness. Whether you choose 2D or 3D, you’ll be transported inside dens and nests and along forest floors and pond bottoms to encounter the animals living alongside us every day!

Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

Don’t miss a chance to see Our Senses: An Immersive Experience, which closes January 2, 2019. Here, the whole family can explore 11 funhouse-like spaces that show how our perceptions are a product of our brains, enjoy an interactive session hosted by a live presenter, and more.

: Children explore an interactive exhibit in the exhibition Our Senses at the American Museum of Natural History.
One gallery in the special exhibition Our Senses lets visitors explore how species evolved to detect different things.
R. Mickens/© AMNH